And we're usually drunk.
Without a doubt. hic!
IIRC, when jms started the show, he ran everything he could past the JPL (who were big fans) to get their take on things.
I can confirm this. I was one of the people contacted by the Bablyon 5 production team. It's also true that there were a lot of fans up at JPL. When the call came in, I thought it was just one of my friends goofing me. After a few seconds, I realized it was legit. Basically it was 'twenty questions'. I long for the days when my e-mail address always ilicited a reply.